SoulStream’s Living From The Heart initiative deliberately seeks to foster communities of ordinary people who desire spiritual transformation through a deepening openness and trust in God. Two pillars undergird this initiative.
The first pillar focuses on the core transition from a spirituality based on performance, achievement, or rational dependence to an immediate and intimate relationship with God. We learn receptivity to what God, in love, is doing in our lives.
The second pillar focuses on community. In community we discover the support necessary to live in the face of the contrary values of society. In relationship with others, beautiful and broken as we all are, we often discover the areas of healing needed in our own lives. As we allow the Spirit to shape us into Christ’s likeness, we can discover a freedom from our illusions and compulsions that enables us to offer loving service in our world.
SoulStream therefore seeks to encourage contemplative experiences such as courses, retreats, workshops, and other prayerful means in which people can let go of managing their lives and discover the surprising fruitfulness a loving relationship with God can bring.
Our Partner representative for Living from the Heart is Cherie Tetz
Cherie is incredibly thankful to have discovered a vocation and this community of Soulstream in this second half of life. Her work as spiritual director and partner representative satisfy a deep longing to live open-heartedly with God and with others and offers the graced privilege of facilitating a spaciousness for “the other” to encounter the LOVE who is always present.
Cherie was trained as a spiritual director through Soulstream.
She would say that her life and heart are full finding gift in community, family, writing poetry, dancing and getting to call herself mom to 3 adults, mom-in-law to a couple more and grandma cherbear to 5 amazing little people!
The Spiritual Direction Initiative encompasses the development of new spiritual directors and the support through continuing education of existing directors.
SoulStream’s eighteen-month course in the art and practice of spiritual direction involves learning, skill development and supervision. Foundational to this program is the profound truth that spiritual direction is offered primarily out of one’s own contemplative experience where God’s love is discovered in the midst of one’s life and struggles. As one learns to trust and receive God’s personal loving action, one is freed to provide an open and sacred presence that allows others to discover the same journey for themselves.
SoulStream desires to provide continuing education opportunities for spiritual directors rooted in the foundation of God’s presence in all of life’s experience. Coming together in community helps to nurture this awareness and lived reality.
Our Partner representative for Spiritual Direction is Karen Webber
Karen’s desire to live with an open heart before God has been shaped by her life experiences including a career in dietetics, involvement in her church community, being the parent of two adult children, along with husband Doug, and her love of the outdoors. She trained as a spiritual director with SoulStream.
SoulStream offers the possibility of wider participation within a dispersed yet committed contemplative community by inviting individuals to consider becoming Partners. Following the name that the founders of SoulStream used to describe their significant sense of commitment and community, “Partner” carries the sense that we are in this together, that we belong, that we have a sense of ownership, and that we all have a stake in the gift that SoulStream offers to the world.
What is “Partnership” with SoulStream?
Partnership is a fundamental choice to follow Jesus in a contemplative way of life in relationship with other partners that share the mission, values, and commitments of SoulStream. This fundamental choice is to become aware of and receptive to Jesus in all areas of life, such as personal character, soul care, vocation, relationships, finances, play and leisure, aspirations, and so forth.
The Heart of Being a Partner Involves:
Opportunities to share life with other partners for celebration, encouragement, ongoing soul care and loving service to the world. These opportunities include such things as regular partner gatherings, regional events, ongoing formational and learning among partners, networks of contemplative resources. Intentional care and support of other partners who will be with you in your gifts and in your brokenness on the journey to live open-heartedly with Jesus in our contemporary world, particularly in the face of contrary social and often religious values. Opportunities to contribute to the mission of SoulSteam by living as a contemplative presence in the world, and by engaging directly in the SoulStream initiatives.
What else is involved in being a SoulStream Partner?
- Being part of regular communication network of SoulStream leaders and other Partners
- Access on the website where Partners communicate with each other, sharing ideas, encouragement, questions, etc.
- Having input on some of the overall issues facing the whole community
- Encouragement to be part of a local SoulCare group of your choice wherever possible.
How to become partner
If you wish to become a SoulStream partner, you are invited to contact any current SoulStream partner or the SoulStream leadership where you will be warmly invited to begin the conversation. Here are some questions to consider that might be helpful to discern whether or not you are ready to make a commitment to the community of SoulStream:
- What has been your own contemplative experience?
- What books and practices have been helpful?
- What role models have you had?
- Are you currently in spiritual direction?
- What attracts you to Partnership in SoulStream?
If you are interested in learning more about Partner Formation with SoulStream, please contact us.
Audrey Hoehn is the administrator of SoulStream. Audrey discovered spiritual direction and the contemplative lifestyle about 6 years ago and has found it to be a blessing and compliment to the natural rhythm of her life. Audrey is a personal counsellor with an office in her home, where she also does her administration work for SoulStream. Audrey has three adult children and four grandchildren, who are all amazing. Audrey loves reading, cooking for her family and friends, and traveling.
The following people give the gift of themselves as our Board of Directors:
Cheryl Lee Andersson, Cochrane, AB – Leadership Team Liaison
Darryl Frayne, Langley, BC – Member at Large
Glen Grunau, Quesnel, BC – Communications
Esther Hizsa, Burnaby, BC – Member at Large
Mark Imbach, Calgary, AB – Chairman
Katherine Kroeker, Sidney, BC – Communications
Deb Steinkamp, Bellingham, WA – Secretary
Doug Webber, Vancouver, BC – Member at Large
See the About page for more information about our Directors.